Silent auction

The ISAAC Australia silent auction is back by popular demand!  The auction will take place at the AGOSCI conference in Melbourne this May.
It will be an exciting auction this year, with possible live performance events.
Please contact Andrea at isaacaustralia@gmail.com if you have items you would like to donate, to support our scholarship fund.  And don’t forget to come to the AGOSCI conference with your shopping shoes on!

2017 ISAAC awards deadline extended!

The closing date for ISAAC Australia’s 2017 awards has been extended to 30th April!  You now have until the end of the month to nominate fabulous AAC users and supporters.

There are four awards available:

1.     The Foundation Award – This award is for someone who has shown improvement in the use of AAC in any way at all.  
2.     The Community Award – This award is for someone who actively uses AAC in the community. This contributes to advancing the use and acceptance of AAC in the community.  
3.     The School/Organisation Award – This award is for a school or organization that has shown outstanding recognition and acceptance of AAC for someone who learns, works or participates there.  
4.     The Information Award – This award is for work that raises awareness of AAC. It includes articles, lectures, public appearances, radio interviews or  public work of art

 

Please return the nomination form (below) to isaacaustralia@gmail.com.

 

ISAAC Awards Nomination Form 2017

How to renew your ISAAC Australia membership in 2017

This year for the first time ISAAC International is managing memberships on behalf of ISAAC Australia.  To join or renew your membership, please go to Renew my membership.

Please note – if you are a renewing member, you will need a username and password.  This should have been emailed to you by ISAAC International.

This new membership process saves our Australian ISAAC volunteers a lot of time.

Having difficulty?  Contact Andrea at isaacaustralia@gmail.com.

Thank you for your membership and for your patience with our new process.

Invitation to webinar – National rollout of the Communication Access Symbol

  1. Are you interested to learn how you can be part of the national rollout of communication access?
  2. Are you an organization that has experience in delivering services to individuals with communication difficulties?
  3. Are you interested in providing people who use AAC with the opportunity to have open employment?
  4. Are you interested to find out what is needed to obtain a licence to carry out communication access assessments and award the Communication Access Symbol?

Your webinar invitation is attached:

http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/communication-access/.

Reflections on the ISAAC 2016 conference in Toronto

Thanks to Emma and Toni Green for this report:

Emma:
thank you ISAAC Australia for the grant that helped with conference costs.
The thing I loved most was seeing my friends who use AAC, speech therapists and other people I know.
I’m crazy excited that ISAAC will be in Australia in 2018.

Toni:
It was great to see so many people from Australia at the conference, and to meet folk from Canada and other places around the world who use AAC or support people who do in one way or another.
The trade displays were fantastic and there was the latest technology available to try out.
The conference dinner and dance was hilarious, Emma got a lot of footage on her GoPro (but we daren’t make it public, it’s too funny!!)
As usual there were some brilliant presentations from people who use AAC . We particularly enjoyed Beth Moulam’s presentation on interviewing and hiring support staff.
It was great to be part of the  Town Hall meeting, I was there to support Emma and as her scribe, so I got to watch and listen but say nothing (always good for parents to do!).
Jane and co did a great ad for the 2018 conference at the closing ceremony, and we have ISAAC the Moose travelling with us until we return to Australia to help spread the word about the conference.
I would really encourage parents to consider supporting their family member at the conference, it’s a great way to build networks, to learn and to see your family member grow in confidence as they communicate with others in a safe environment.

Great inclusion example

While we are celebrating AAC awareness month and working on our video masterpieces we thought you might enjoy this inspiring example of AAC inclusion in the classroom.  Thanks to ISAAC Australia member BJ Price for drawing our attention to this, and congratulations to BJ’s son Max and his school mates who are the stars of the video!

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